WICHITA, KS — Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) announces that a Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) solution will be available this summer for all Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker 800XP aircraft. The upgrade is a cooperative effort between Rockwell Collins and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC). HBC's factory-owned aircraft service centers are now taking pre-orders and pre-scheduling aircraft for the installation.
"At HBS, we are dedicated to enhancing aircraft performance and adding capabilities to the entire line of Hawker Beechcraft products so customers can benefit from the most sophisticated and up-to-date technology," says William (Bill) Brown, president, Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Service and Support. "Over the next year, we plan to have WAAS/LPV solutions for all Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker, King Air and the Premier I aircraft, as well as a Honeywell NZ 2000 solution for the Hawker 800 series."
By adding WAAS/LPV functionality, operators can fly more precision approaches with more than 1500 LPV approaches, reduce decision altitudes to as low as 200 feet AGL and visibility minimums to as low as one-half mile, and use GPS as primary means of navigation from take-off through approach.
The upgrade eliminates the need for a receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) prediction report, which reduces pilot workload. It also enables more "direct-to" operations, providing significant fuel savings and creating a glide path for every runway served by GPS for CAT I–like precision.
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